South Korean Navy’s sixth Daegu-class frigate hits the water

Photo: DSME

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) launched a future South Korean Navy guided missile frigate at its Geoje facilities on Wednesday, September 8.

The future ROKS Pohang is the sixth frigate to be built under the Daegu-class, which are intended to replace the navy’s 1980s-era Pohang-class corvettes.

Once completed, the future Pohang will have a length of 122 metres, a beam of 14 metres, a displacement of 2,800 tonnes, and a combined diesel-electric or gas (CODLOG) propulsion arrangement consisting of a Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine, four MTU 12V4000 diesel engines, and two Leonardo electric motors. Armament will include a 127-millimetre naval gun, a 20-millimetre Phalanx close-in weapon system, anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles, and torpedoes.


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